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SBD/April 5, 2011/Franchises
Dodgers Revive Negotiations With Fox On TV Rights Deal
Published April 5, 2011
SLOW TO RESPOND: In L.A., Gold, Winton & La Ganga report L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich yesterday called for the Dodgers "to invest in even more security and to curtail alcohol sales" following the assault of a Giants fan on Opening Day. Antonovich: "The Dodgers organization has an obligation to make security a top priority now. Denying that lack of security played a role in this attack is simply sticking their head in the sand." That criticism "appears to be directed at McCourt, who said over the weekend that the attack was 'tragic' but insisted he was satisfied with security levels at the ballpark." Dodgers VP/PR & Broadcasting Josh Rawitch yesterday said that Dodger Stadium's alcohol policies are "already stricter than those of some professional baseball teams." The Dodgers "do not allow alcohol sales after the seventh inning, do not sell beer in the stands and forbid tailgating in the parking lots" (L.A. TIMES, 4/5). In L.A., Steve Dilbeck wrote the Dodgers "have struggled mightily in their response" to Thursday's incident. They have "said little to nothing," and "taken no action." They "probably are misguidedly listening to some lawyer worried about an inevitable lawsuit." But this is a time when McCourt "needs to step forward and not hide in the shadow of words and carefully written statements." Dilbeck: "Needs to be at the forefront. Needs to demonstrate he's concerned, not just talk about it. ... McCourt stands to lose a lot more income down the road by losing nervous fans if he doesn't seriously recognize and address this incident and the overall problem" (LATIMES.com, 4/4).